Sarah Childress

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Sarah Childress was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee back in 1803 to Joel and Elizabeth. She was well educated attending the Moravians’ Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She met James at the home of Samuel P. Black, he was 19 she was 12. They were married in 1824.

The marriage lasted for 25 years they had no children as James was sterile due to an earlier surgery. In 1849, the family moved to Nashville, Tennessee where three months later James died of cholera. After James died she lived in their home until her passing some 42 years later. She never remarried and as it was during those days she always wore black.

What you may not know about Sarah Childress Polk is that her husband was James Polk, the 11th President of the United States. They were the only presidential couple to never have children while together, either biologically, adopted or from a previous marriage. Polk was and still is the only U.S. President to have the shortest retirement in history. He died just three months after leaving office.

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Grant Schneider
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Good mornin James - thanks for some trivia on one of the less known presidents.

Jun 18, 2019 03:35 AM #1
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, James Dray I can't imagine wearing black every day.... strange.

Jun 18, 2019 03:48 AM #2
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Welll...black goes with lots of colors...dressing it up with other colors is half the fun...times change.

Jun 18, 2019 04:12 AM #3
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning James,

And just think through his efforts he acquired California!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 18, 2019 04:31 AM #4
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning James. Once again, who knew! Now I do! Maybe the source of an upcoming trivia question. I would think you would get it correct! Enjoy your day! 

Jun 18, 2019 04:43 AM #5
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning James Dray ,

A very interesting post on a less known President. I had no idea so learned something this morning.

Jun 18, 2019 05:13 AM #6
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning again James. This was fascinating and I never knew this. Thanks.

Jun 18, 2019 05:34 AM #7
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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, James - learning more about U.S. Presidents.  Maybe some "facts" that didn't need to be "revealed".  True today.  Likely true then as well.  

Jun 18, 2019 06:38 AM #8
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Cholera was a bad thing in that day. A wife at 12 years old? 

Jun 18, 2019 07:03 AM #9
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Will Hamm
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Wow he did not hav time to built his library back then,  Always interesting what you vcome up with for us.

 

Jun 18, 2019 07:16 AM #10
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Brian England
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Murfreesboro certainly rings a bell with me, as my Dad is from Tennessee, but I did not know about the Polk's.

Jun 18, 2019 07:34 AM #11
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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James,

Wow what a story!  I knew nothing of this, but then I do have a swiss cheese education when it comes to American history.  A

Jun 18, 2019 10:11 AM #12
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Kathy Streib
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Hi James- I'm still trying to wrap my head around a 12 year old marrying someone. 

Jun 18, 2019 10:24 AM #13
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Joe Pryor
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Sort of a sad story to two people who were successful but star crossed.

Jun 18, 2019 12:01 PM #14
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi James Dray - I learned more than I knew before about Sarah and James!  Thank you. 

Jun 18, 2019 12:59 PM #15
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James K Polk was born right up the road from us near Lancaster SC. There was some controversy about his birthplace for many years.

Jun 18, 2019 02:37 PM #16
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Sad James Polk had only 3 months of retirement before his death.

Jun 18, 2019 09:37 PM #17
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